Gecko Studio Gallery Newsletter – December 2015 – January 2016


Findings Mary Sullivan and Jan Learmonthexhibition page

Jan Learmonth artist profile     Mary Sullivan artist profile

What’s next?

Exhibitions in the pipeline……(NB details may change before these exhibitions open)

Transmitter – works leading up to “Pylon Man 2015” -drawings, prints, painting and sculpture – Kevin Mortensen. January 17 to February 20, 2016. Opening event on January 17

Group exhibition – more information coming soon – February 21 to March 19, 2016. Opening event on February 21

A Survey of Transition – recent intimate landscape paintings from around the Hoddle Ranges overlooking Wilsons Prom and Corner Inlet – acrylic and oil – Adam Nudelman – March 20 to April 16, 2016. Opening event on March 20.

For lots more – The Gecko Studio Gallery Newsletter – PDF version

The newsletter is about Gecko Studio Gallery’s next exhibition and other news from Gecko Studio Gallery, Prom Coast Arts Council, Fish Creek and surrounding area as well as anything else that takes our fancy. All the stuff that’s not on this page – 1o pages of news in fact.

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December 2015 January 2016 GSG Newsletter

Gecko Studio Gallery News

Anyone who has visited Gecko Studio Gallery will have noticed the “little houses” hanging in our window, the “secret messages” in a bowl on the counter and shelves of glass rings and other amazing glass objects in one of the cabinets – all made by Sarah Dingwall. On Saturday December the 12th Sarah will set up in the gallery (or out on the footpath depending on the weather) with her gear and a typewriter (remember typewriters?). You will then be able to type your own message and Sarah will seal it in a glass tube the same as her “secret messages”. The cost for the secret messages will be the usual price of $9 and Sarah will be at Gecko all day (10am to 4pm). This could be the chance for you to create a unique and personalised gift. Thank you Sarah! More info closer to the time. Contact us if you have any questions about this event.

Holiday opening hours / days – Gecko Studio Gallery will be open 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week from Monday 21 December until Monday February 1. We will then revert to our usual arrangement of closing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Framing quotes/ consultations – a reminder that it is wise where possible to make a time with Kerry for framing consultations and quotes. Kerry can be contacted on 0423 721 593 or at the Gallery (5683 2481). Kerry is not always at the gallery or we may have an event underway so it helps if you can book a time with Kerry. Susan Purdy can also help you with your framing requirements on Mondays and Fridays.

The stand of General’s pencils as mentioned in the last newsletter is now in the gallery– check out their website especially the ten videos on using different pencils and various techniques.

The stand holds the following pencils……….

peel and sketch soft, hard and medium; charcoal HB, 2B, 4B, 6B & white; Kimberly drawing graphite 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B & 9XXB; flat sketching pencil 6B &4B; woodless graphite HB, 2B, 4B, 6B & 8B; pastel chalks Van Dyke brown, peach, sanguine, white and burnt sienna; scribe all black and white; primo charcoal HB, B & 3B; carbon sketch; sketch and wash set and layout pencil set.

Merry-Christmas-DelightKerry Spokes

Kerry has designed two new Christmas card designs and here is one of them – Merry Christmas Delight. We currently have stock of Christmas cards but the new cards and the ever popular packs of cards will available in about a weeks’ time. Individual cards are $3.50 and the packs of six with a paper band and layout sheet on the back are $20.

Kerry has an exhibition at TACIT Contemporary Gallery titled “Blown Off Course” that finishes on December 13. The show is similar to the Gecko show of the same title but with added works. There are drawings, prints and iPhoneography. Kerry’s show looks great and the other exhibitions on at Tacit are fantastic as well. 312 Johnston Street, Abbotsford. Hours are Wednesday – Friday 11am–6pm: Saturday – Sunday 11am–5pm. Tacit website

See Kerry on Facebook  her website  and CV on the Gecko website

Gecko Studio Gallery Workshop

Polychromatic silk screen printmaking with procion dyes.

Tutor Susan Hall. $150 includes all materials. Saturday February 20.

To book, phone Gecko Studio Gallery on 5683 2481 Thur to Mon, fill in the form on the website or email Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Workshop held at Gecko Studio Gallery, 15 Falls Rd Fish Creek.


ArtHouse logo

ArtHouse logo

ArtHouse accommodation

Brought to you by Gecko Studio Gallery

The ArtHouse offers guests a stunning and beautifully appointed cottage hidden away behind Gecko Studio Gallery in the heart of Fish Creek.

Entering through the gate, guests are greeted by the lovely private garden filled with interesting plants and flowers plus the ancient apple tree in pride of place in the back yard.
The walls host an array of contemporary original artwork by renowned local artists for sale – your very own private gallery.

With an open central living area, full kitchen, 2 generous sized bedrooms and unique bathroom the ArtHouse is light filled and cosy. There is a wood fired heater with wood provided as well as a reverse cycle air conditioner. Quality linen and bath towels are provided; just bring your beach towels.

A library of art books and novels, an interesting DVD and CD collection and current art and style magazines have been collected for your enjoyment.

Fish Creek is home to 4 galleries, cafes’ (including 9 Acres Coffee Bar and Food Store situated right next door), interesting shops and the iconic art deco Fish Creek Hotel with the fish on top.

The ArtHouse is perfect as a base from which to visit local wineries, walk or ride on the Great Southern Rail Trail and of course visit Wilsons Prom and the many beaches in the local area.

When staying at the ArtHouse guests are treated to a chilled bottle of Waratah Hills Award winning Sparkling Rose, Loving Earth organic chocolate, Promontory Preserves jam and a fresh grind of coffee from 9Acres café next door! What a treat!

Accommodates 4 – 2 bedrooms each with queen size bed. 1 bathroom. Lounge room, dining room, back deck with BBQ, lovely garden.
Minimum stay – 2 nights and 3 nights on long weekends.

Rates based on 2 guests per night………….

Peak Rates mid Dec to end Jan: midweek price $270/night. Weekend price $290.

Off Peak rates: midweek price $230/night. Weekend price $250.

School Holidays: midweek price $250/night Weekend price $290

Extra guests $20 per adult, $10 per child – per night.

Contact Kerry at Gecko Studio Gallery on 03 5683 2481 or 0423 721 593.

ArtHouse on Facebook    ArtHouse on Stayz   ArtHouse on airbnb

See all the images at ArtHouse or the 3 links above.

Prom Coast Arts Council Inc.

Next general meeting will be Wednesday  February 10 (note different day to usual)at 7pm in the Oberon Room at the Fish Creek Hotel.

The Prom Coast Arts Council raffle – prizes featuring artworks by Kerry Spokes, Bev Mitchell-Symons, Kim McDonald, Yianni Banikos and Ann Parry. Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5. Proceeds go towards the PCA HorsesArtz project, a worthy cause. Tickets available from Gecko Studio Gallery. Drawn December 20. Ph Anda for info 0409 180 346

The Alison Lester Shop

Prints, Books, Cards and Gifts – 1 Falls Road, Fish Creek, Victoria 5683 2352.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for when Alison will be in-store for book signings and other special events. Facebook Website

Noni the Pony at Stony Creek races

Noni The Pony At Stony Creek Racing Club – From the Alison Lester Facebook page……
We are very proud to announce, in conjunction with the Stony Creek Racing Club, that Noni the Pony is coming to Stony! Yes, everyone’s favourite pony will feature at the Stony Creek Races – Kids Day Out, on Boxing Day, Dec 26. It promises to be a fantastic day full of activities for the whole family. We will have the Noni bookshop where you can purchase books and have them signed by Alison who will be in attendance. There will be’ Noni’s Paddock’, where there will be loads of activities for the kids including Kelly’s Sports, face painting, hat making, and colouring in competitions. Come and hang out under the Allen & Unwin Reading Tree, relax in a bean bag and grab a book to read. There will be lots of books and prizes to be won.
For the adults, they can try and choose the winner of the Noni the Pony race, which will be the feature event on the program, as well as relax in the Cricket TV Zone, especially set up to watch the Boxing Day Test.
This will be the perfect day to catch up with your friends and family for Xmas, and a great start to the holiday season. There are lots of different hospitality packages available on the day, just contact the Stony Creek race club for information Adult admission $10.00 per person




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